Orioles decline contract offers to Scott, Eyre, Reyes

The Orioles today announced that they have declined to tender a contract offer to three players: outfielder Luke Scott, right-hander Willie Eyre and left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, allowing them to become free agents.

Scott, 33, was acquired by the Orioles on December 12, 2007 from Houston as part of a deal that sent SS Miguel Tejada to the Astros. He batted .260/.342/.485 with 84 home runs and 236 RBI in 471 games over four seasons with the Orioles. Named Most Valuable Oriole in 2010, a torn right labrum limited Scott to 64 games in 2011, when he batted .220/.301/.402.

Eyre, 33, was designated for assignment last week. He went 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA (18.1IP, 7ER) in 19 games for the Orioles in 2011 after signing with the Orioles as a minor league free agent on August 3.

Reyes, 27, went 2-3 with a 6.16 ERA (30.2IP, 21ER) in nine games (five starts) for the Orioles in 2011 after being claimed off of waivers from Toronto.

With these non-tenders, the Orioles now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.